2017; the year ahead.

As is the way of challenging yourself, this year I plan on reading more books than in 2016. I plan on blogging regularly and hopefully have a scheduled pattern that I will – fingers crossed – actually stick to. As someone who missed the entire month of December in the blogging community, I’m going to be setting realistic goals so I don’t burnout again.

And, as is the way of my blog, I’ll be sharing a few personal goals also – I like the addition of personal postings on blogs. It gives the reader a little insight to the blogger and I feel like it’s a nice little touch. It makes the content you’re reading a tad more personable.

So, let’s get on with it!

B O O K I S H

Last year, I was perhaps overly optimistic with my Goodreads Reading Challenge. I set my target at 75 and I did not achieve that. I’ve okay with that, I’ve accepted it, I wasn’t overly disappointed. As fast a reader as I believe myself to be, I cannot spend all of my spare time reading. I had a full-time job that left me exhausted more often than not. I had to do that thing called socializing. I was also attacked by reading slump. So, I did not achieve my goal of 75, I managed to read 56 books. I am more than happy with that.
For 2017, I hope to beat my 2016 total whilst still being realistic – so I have set myself a target of 60. A target that is both unachievable whilst still being a challenge. At the time of writing, I have finished two books and have started my third. A healthy start.

As I’ve seen other in the bookish community do, I also want to set some challenges with my 60 book goal. I want to branch out and tackle genres that I tend to shy away from – whether through lack of general interest, a slightly overwhelmed sensation whenever I reach for a book of certain genres, or simply never having read from a certain genre before.
So, by the end of the year, my goals are;

1. To have read at least two autobiographies.

I have genuinely never read an one, and as I now work in a bookstore, so many have happened to catch my eye. I think I’m going to start with Anna Kendrick – Scrappy Little Nobody.

2. To have read at least two more classics. 

Pride and Prejudice is one of my all-time favourite novels, yet as far as classics go, I have only read about three or four. I definitely want to try my hand at least a couple more by the end of the year.

3. To read at least 4 classic Sci-Fi / Fantasy novels and/or authors. 

2016 was for me, a genre defining year. The year I officially realised and declared Science Fiction / Fantasy as my favourite genres. They are tied, there is no picking between the two. However, most of the ones I have read to this point tend to fall in the Young Adult category of these genres. And whilst there is nothing wrong with that I want to delve into the inspirations many of the ones I’ve read. I want to finish The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – the trilogy of five. I want to tackle the Dune saga by Frank Herbert. I want to delve into some Terry Pratchett and Philip K. Dick.

B L O G G I N G

You may have noticed, though probably not (but if you did, you’re wonderful), that I completely disappeared for the month of December. I wasn’t reading, I wasn’t writing. Instead, I was transitioning jobs for the first time in my life so for two weeks I was working two jobs and some day doing two shifts on the same day – I was constantly tired and the time I wasn’t at work, I was collapsed with my boyfriend, on the sofa, having a snooze.
This year, no that I’m steadily in one job – I am committed. I have planned. I have prepped.

1. To post at least every three days. 

Last year, my posts were very sporadic and incredibly dependant on how fast I could read and actually seeing daylight in order to take decent looking photos for my posts. I wasn’t very prepared or organised when I started up my blog. Now, I would like to be the very opposite, and at the least; have a schedule.

2. To be a more active member of the blogging community. 

I did at some point, spend a small part of each day ensuring I liked posts and commented on them. I was generally active and supportive. I want to get back into that groove as I know from personal experience as a relatively unknown blog with a small number of followers; how great a feeling it is when someone likes/comments on your posts. I definitely want to share that.

3. To explore the world of Booktube. 

I know relatively little about Booktube, I haven’t taken the time to find people I enjoy, or really even know all that many to begin with.  I have always toyed with the idea of starting my own channel as well, so it would definitely be best I start exploring this world. So, if anyone would like to recommend some good Booktube channels, that would be great.

P E R S O N A L

On a personal level – I mainly want to better myself in 2017. I’ve as they as said, gotten comfortable in my relationship and put a few extra pounds on. Thankfully, nothing drastic but a few of my clothes are a tad tighter than I would like. Money’s been tight and all the ‘good food’ is more expensive than the stuff you can chuck in the freezer, so my eating habits have dropped too.
So, in 2017 I vow;

1. To become a healthy weight again. 

I am definitely classed as overweight again. I’ve always struggled with my weight and I didn’t get to a happy weight until I was nineteen and I’ve consistently yo-yo’d since. In 2017 I want to get in control.

2. To become an all-around healthier person. 

I’m nearing 25. In October I will be a quarter of a century. It’s about time I took responsibility for my eating habits and my general lifestyle. I’m unfit, I don’t eat well and I have a gym membership that I pay for yet don’t use. Time to break the habit of my lifetime.

3. To be more responsible with my money. 

This is the year I and my boyfriend start saving for a mortgage. If we want to own our own house before we hit thirty, we need to manage our money better. I am going to truly learn what the word budgeting means!

What are your goals? Bookish, blogging, personal or otherwise?

 

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